Air Algerie’s Airbus A330 (Photo: Mark Harkin, CC BY 2.0)
The Algerian national carrier Air Algérie will finally proceed with the renewal of its aircraft fleet. This renewal had been suspended indefinitely by the government in 2020 with the Covid pandemic.
It is therefore a first for the company since the pandemic. The previous fleet renewal took place in 2016, when Air Algérie received Boeing 737 and Airbus A330. With an average age of 14 years for its 55 aircraft, the fleet needs a serious facelift.
The new fleet renewal strategy of the airline could cost more than 1.7 billion dollars. It is actually part of a much larger restructuring initiative. Authorities are discussing the possibility of splitting the carrier into several separate entities.
No final decision on the type of aircraft has been taken. Air Algérie has explained that it plans to study the possibilities of its network before deciding what type of aircraft it will need.
The new aircraft should in any case be able to meet the needs of long-haul operations. Indeed, the Algerian government wants Air Algerie to expand its intercontinental network. In particular to serve new destinations in Africa and to strengthen in Asia.
Currently Air Algerie serves 28 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. That is 44 international destinations and 35 domestic routes.
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